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Mysterious and Inspiring Stories of Hanuman Ji

Article of the Month - August 2004
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Little Hanumana Goes for the Sun
Little Hanumana Goes for the Sun

Having Vayu (god of air) as his illustrious father, Hanuman was no ordinary child. He was spirited and energetic. He was obviously endowed with awesome strength and the shastras abound in tales narrating his remarkable feats. Once for example he mistook the sun for a ripe fruit (monkeys are naturally lured by red ripe fruits), and rushed towards the sky in an attempt to grab it.





On his way he saw Rahu trying to devour the sun and thus cause an eclipse. Mistaking Rahu to be a worm, Hanuman dashed towards him, attempting to catch him. Rushing for his life, Rahu sought shelter in the refuge of Indra, the lord of the skies. Indra picked up his deadly thunderbolt, mounted his white elephant named Airavata and made off in search of Hanuman, seeking to restrain his seeming impudence. The clouds rumbled and lightning thundered across the vast skies in an expression of Indra's wrath. But neither this scary scenario, nor the mightily armed Indra on his high mount, was sufficient enough to induce even a trace of fear in the heart of Hanuman. On the contrary, the spectacle only served to fuel his excitement and mistaking Airavata for a toy, he made a grab for the pachyderm, seized its trunk and leapt on its back. Taken aback by the child's spirited and playful defiance, Indra stuck at Hanuman with his thunderbolt, and the wound thus inflicted hurtled him speedily down to the earth. His father Vayu immediately sprung to his rescue and caught him in mid air.

The sight of his beloved son lying helpless in his arms infuriated the wind-god. He drew in a mighty breath and sucked away all the air from the cosmos. "Let all those who have harmed my son choke to death," he thought out aloud. Predictably there was panic in the cosmos. Without air, life on every level was threatened. The gods, realizing their folly, went in unison to Vayu and asked for his forgiveness. To make amends they showered the following blessings and powers on the child:

a). Brahma: "May you live as long as Brahma himself lives."

b). Vishnu: "May you live all your life as the greatest devotee of God."

c). Indra: "No weapon of any kind will wound or hit your body."

d). Agni: "Fire will never affect you."

e). Kala: "May death never court you."

f). All the Devas (gods): "None will ever equal you in strength and speed."

Brahma concluded the session by bestowing on Hanuman power greater than even Vayu and Garuda, and endowed him with a speed faster than even the mightiest wind. Thus pacified, Vayu restored air into the cosmos. There was one catch however. It was decreed that Hanuman would remain blissfully unaware of his own prowess, unless, during the course of a meritorious deed, his memory would remind him of his superhuman ability. It will be seen later how this apparently insignificant matter lays bare the symbolical significance of Hanuman.

Hanuman's Education

As he grew up, Hanuman sought to educate himself and for this purpose he chose Surya the sun god as his guru saying: "You see everything there is to see in the universe and you know everything there is to know. Please accept me as your pupil." Surya hesitated. "I don't have the time," he said. "During the day I ride across the sky, and at night I am too tired to do anything."

"Then teach me as you ride across the sky during the day. I will fly in front of your chariot, facing you from dawn to dusk." Impressed by Hanuman's zeal and determination, Surya accepted him as his pupil. Thus Hanuman flew before the chariot of the sun god, withstanding the awesome glare, until he became well versed in the four books of knowledge (the Vedas), the six systems of philosophies (darshanas), the sixty-four arts or kalas and the one hundred and eight occult mysteries of the Tantras.

Having become a master of all that he set out to learn, it was now time for Hanuman to pay for his education (guru-dakshina). Surya asserted that watching the devoted pupil study was payment enough for him but when Hanuman insisted on giving something to express his gratitude, the sun god asked him to look after the welfare of his son Sugriva, who was the stepbrother of Vali, the king of monkeys.

Before Vali became the lord of apes, a simian named Riksha ruled over them. Once it so transpired that Riksha fell in an enchanted pool and turned into a woman. Both the sky-god Indra and the sun-god Surya fell in love with her and she bore each of them a son. Indra's son was her first born Vali while Sugriva her second offspring was the son of Surya. After bearing the sons, Riksha regained his male form.

Rama and Lakshmana Confer with Sugriv, Hanuman and Others
Rama and Lakshmana Confer with Sugriv, Hanuman and Others

When Riksha died, in accordance with the law of the jungle, the monkeys fought each other for becoming the leader. Vali successfully killed or maimed every other contender to the throne and became the undisputed ruler of the monkey world. As one who had successfully earned his dominant place among the apes, Vali was not obliged to share the spoils of power with anyone, but being of a magnanimous nature he shared everything with his younger brother Sugriva. It was in these circumstances that Hanuman entered the companionship of Sugriva who later became the king of monkeys himself. It was under Sugriva that the massive army of monkeys helped Lord Rama reclaim his wife Sita Ji who had been abducted by the demon Ravana.



Hanuman The Selfless

Birth of a Poet - Valmiki is Inspired to Write the Ramayana
Birth of a Poet - Valmiki is Inspired to Write the Ramayana

A pair of lovebirds, enjoying their natural freedom, was soaring the boundless skies. Fate however had scripted a cruel ending to their mating. A hunter's arrow found its mark and the devoted female lost her male. She did not however escape from the scene but rather lingered on, circling over the lifeless form of her mate. Witnessing this poignant episode inspired the accomplished sage Valmiki to poetry and what came out of his heart was the Ramayana, one of the greatest poems the earth has had the good fortune to inherit. Indeed, Valmiki's poem became renowned in the three worlds as it struck a chord in every heart that heard it.




One day Valmiki came to know that the great Hanuman too had penned the adventures of Rama, engraving the story with his nails on rocks. A curious Valmiki traveled to the Himalayas where Hanuman was residing to see this version. When Hanuman read out his narration, Valmiki was overwhelmed by its sheer power and poetic caliber. It was truly an inspired piece.

Valmiki felt both joy and sorrow. Joy because he had had the chance to hear an exceptionally beautiful poem, and sad because it obviously overshadowed his own work.

When Hanuman saw the unhappiness his work had caused Valmiki he smashed the engraved rocks destroying his creation forever. Such was Hanuman's selflessness. For him, narrating the tales of Rama' s adventures was a means to re-experience Rama, not a means to fame.

Hanuman's name too illustrates his self-effacing character, being made up of 'hanan' (annihilation) and 'man' (mind), thus indicating one who has conquered his ego.

Hanuman and Yoga

If yoga is the ability to control one's mind then Hanuman is the quintessential yogi having a perfect mastery over his senses, achieved through a disciplined lifestyle tempered by the twin streams of celibacy and selfless devotion (bhakti). In fact, Hanuman is the ideal Brahmachari (one who follows the path of Brahma), if ever there was one.

Lord Hanuman as Yogachara
Hanuman as Yogacharya



He is also a perfect karma yogi since he performs his actions with detachment, acting as an instrument of destiny rather than being impelled by any selfish motive.




Hanuman - The First to Teach Pranayama and the Inventor of the Surya Namaskar

Pranayama is the ability to control one's breath so that the inhalation and exhalation of air is rhythmic. Vayu, the god of air and wind, first taught pranayama to his son Hanuman, who in turn taught it to mankind.

Surya Namaskara: A Technique of Solar Vitalization
Surya Namaskara: A Technique of Solar Vitalization


The Surya Namaskar (salutation to the sun) too, was devised by Hanuman as a greeting for his teacher Surya.







Why Images of Hanuman Ji are Used on Amulets and Jewelry


As the battle with Ravana progressed, the demon lost all his brothers and sons and it became clear that he was headed towards defeat. Finally, he sent for his only surviving son Mahiravana, a powerful sorcerer who ruled over the underworld (patala loka). Mahiravana was a great devotee of Goddess Kali from whom he had obtained vital occult secrets. Initially Mahiravana did not wish to join the fight against Rama since he felt the latter's cause to be just. But understanding Mahiravana’s weakness for ritual magic Ravana addressed him thus: "Think of the powers the goddess Kali will grant you when you offer to her the heads of two handsome and virile youths like Rama and Lakshmana." Needles to say, Mahiravana agreed.



Mahiravanacaritam in Indian Paintings (An Old and Rare Book)
Mahiravanacaritam in Indian Paintings (An Old and Rare Book)

The great sorcerer Mahiravana managed to kidnap both Rama and his brother Lakshmana while they were sleeping. He left behind, in place of their bed, a dark trail stretching deep into the bowels of the earth. Hanuman immediately dived into the tunnel and made his way to patala, the subterranean kingdom of Mahiravana. There he found the two brothers tied to a post, their bodies anointed with mustard oil and bedecked with marigold flowers, ready to be sacrificed. Near them, Mahiravana was sharpening the sacrificial blade and chanting hymns to invoke the goddess.




Pancha-Mukha Hanuman Pendant with His Yantra on the Reverse (Two Sided Pendant)
Pancha-Mukha Hanuman Pendant with
His Yantra on the Reverse (Two Sided Pendant)

Hanuman taking the form of a bee whispered into Rama's ear, "When Mahiravana asks you to place your neck on the sacrificial block, inform him that being of royal lineage you have never learned to bow your head. Tell him to demonstrate how to bow one’s head." Mahiravana fell for the trap. No sooner had he bowed his head in the ritually prescribed manner than Hanuman regained his form, seized the blade, and decapitated the sorcerer. Thus did Hanuman turn the tables and sacrificed the demon himself to Mother Goddess Kali. Impressed, she made Hanuman her doorkeeper and indeed many temples of the goddess are seen to have a monkey guarding their doorways. Further, to this day, Hanuman is invoked in any fight against sorcery, and amulets and charms depicting him are therefore extremely popular among devotees.




Hanuman as Protector Against Negative Astrological Influences

Navagraha Deities With Their Respective Vahanas
Navagraha Deities With Their Respective Vahanas


Mahiravana's death filled Ravana's heart with fear. He consulted the court astrologers who studied his horoscope and decreed that the alignment of celestial bodies was not in his favor. Now, Indian astrology is governed by nine planets, known as the Navagrahas.





Ravana thought that by changing the alignment of these heavenly bodies he would be able to alter his destiny. Mounting his flying chariot he rose to the skies, captured the nine planets, and herded them to his capital in chains. He then began a series of rituals which if successful would force the planets to realign themselves in his favor. When Hanuman came to know of this ritual, he assembled and led a band of daredevil monkeys to Ravana's sacrificial hall, intending to disrupt the proceedings. They found the villain sitting beside a fire altar with his eyes shut in profound meditation, mouthing mantras. The group of simians let out a loud war cry and rushed into the hall. They snuffed out the sacred fire, kicked off the ceremonial utensils and wiped off the occult diagrams (yantras) painted on the floor. Unfortunately none of this roused Ravana from his deep trance and he continued chanting the sacred mantras. Hanuman realized that Ravana would have to be stopped at any cost, otherwise the villain would succeed in changing the course of destiny.

Towards this end he devised a mischievous plan, and ordered his lieutenants to enter the female chambers and scare away Ravana's many wives. The monkeys did as instructed and attacked Ravana's queens and concubines, pulling their hair, scratching their faces and tearing away their clothes. But it was all to no avail; the immovable Ravana did not stir.

At last the monkeys confronted Mandodari, the chief wife of Ravana. They bared their teeth, beat their chests and began to grunt menacingly. Terrified, Mandodari lamented, "Woe is me. My husband meditates while monkeys threaten my chastity." Her words ashamed Ravana to open his eyes and rush to her defence. Thus having successfully distracted Ravana, Hanuman ran back to the sacrificial hall and liberated the nine planets held captive there. For having successfully aborted Ravana's misplaced attempts to subvert fate, Hanuman won the eternal gratitude of the grahas and is thus believed to exercise considerable power over them. Correspondingly, he is worshipped by his devotees whenever they perceive their troubles to be a result of the unfavorable configuration of celestial bodies. Indeed, Hanuman is often shown trampling under his feet a woman who is said to represent Panvati, a personification of baneful astrological influences.

Another interesting legend deals specifically with the planet Saturn (Shani). Perceived to be an unfavorable influence, it is believed that Saturn visits each individual at least once in his/her lifetime for a period of seven-and-a-half years (saade-saati). As fate would have it, Shani descended on Hanuman when he was busy building a bridge over the ocean to help Rama and his army cross over to Lanka. Hanuman requested the planet to postpone his visit till he had successfully assisted Rama in regaining Sita. But Saturn was adamant and Hanuman had to bow against the will of nature. He suggested that Shani sit on his (Hanuman's) head as his hands were engaged in serving Rama and his legs were too lowly for him.

Saturn happily settled on Hanuman's head and the mighty monkey continued with his work, piling heavy boulders and stones on his head in an apparently casual manner and carrying them to the construction site. After a while Saturn found it impossible to bear the load of the heaped boulders any longer and wished to climb down. Hanuman insisted that he complete his mandatory seven-and-a-half years but Saturn pleaded for release saying that the seven-and-a-half minutes he stayed on Hanuman's head felt like seven-and-a-half years anyway. Thus speaking Saturn took leaveand since then worshippers of Hanuman rest assured that the unavoidable ill effects of Saturn's saade-saati (seven-and-a-half years stay) can be whittled down by a true devotion to Hanuman.

Hanuman and Tantra

Tantra represents the occult side of Hinduism. With the aid of chants (mantras) and diagrams (yantras) Tantriks (practitioners of Tantra) channelise the powers of the cosmos for the advantage of humanity.

Tantriks believe that Hanuman is the most accomplished of their lot having achieved the much- sought after eight occult powers:

1). Anima - The ability to reduce his size.

2). Mahima - Ability to increase his size.

3). Laghima - The ability to become weightless.

4). Garima - Ability to increase weight.

5). Prapti - The ability to travel anywhere and acquire anything.

6). Parakamya - Irresistible will power.

7). Vastiva - Mastery over all creatures.

8). Isitva - Ability to become god like with the power to create and destroy.

The Ramayana abounds with tales illustrating Hanuman's mastery over each of these siddhas (occult powers). Not surprisingly, he is reverently deified as a Mahsiddha (Maha=Great).

Hanuman and the Potency of Mother's Milk

After the annihilation of Ravana, Rama asked Hanuman how he would like to be thanked for his services. He answered, "My lord, let me spend the rest of my days in your service." Rama gladly accepted the request. Thus Hanuman too boarded the chariot, that was to take Rama and his entourage back to Ayodhya.

On the way however, Hanuman thought of visiting his mother Anjana who lived on a mountain nearby. Rama and all other members of the party too were curious to meet Hanuman's mother and hence the chariot was diverted to her dwelling.

On reaching the place Hanuman approached his mother whose happiness knew no bounds. She embraced her bundle of joy. All others present too bowed in reverence to the mother of Hanuman. The worthy son narrated to her the entire sequence of events ending with Ravana's death on the battlefield. Surprisingly, his words did not please his mother but rather she became remorseful and addressed Hanuman thus: "My giving birth to you has been in vain, and feeding you with my milk has been of no avail." On hearing her strange words all became panicky and were left speechless. Hanuman too stared at her in mute incomprehension.

After a brief pause she continued with her tirade: "Shame on your strength and valour. Did you not have enough power to uproot Lanka on your own? Could you not have annihilated the ten-headed monster and his army yourself? If you were not strong enough to do so it would have been better if you had at least perished yourself in fighting him. I regret the fact that even though you were alive Lord Rama had to build a perilous bridge of stones over the turbulent ocean to reach Lanka and had to fight the massive army of demons and thus suffer a great ordeal in order to recover his beloved Sita. Indeed, the nourishment my breast has given you has proved to be unfruitful. Go away and don't ever show me your face again."

She was obviously referring to the instance when Hanuman was deputed to go and search for Sita in the city of Lanka. Only when he had confirmed Sita's presence in Ravana's custody could a formal battle be launched to rescue her. Hanuman not only brought news of her wretched condition in captivity but also during his brief visit managed to burn down the whole city and thus gave Ravana an inkling of the times to come. Anjana's annoyance stemmed from the fact that even though Hanuman was supremely capable of bringing back Sita on his own during that visit itself, he did not do so and much effort had to be expended later to accomplish the mission.

Hence was she trembling with wrath. With folded hands Hanuman addressed her: "O Great Mother, no way have I compromised on the sacred worth of your milk. I am but a mere servant. During that visit I had been instructed only to search for Sita and not kill Ravana. Had I done so of my own accord it would have amounted to overstepping my brief. I therefore acted scrupulously and kept my word." In fact, Hanuman had asked Sita, when he met her in Ravana 's captivity, whether she would prefer to be rescued by him at that very moment. She replied in the negative stressing that it was her husband's duty to liberate her and Rama himself would have to come and take her back.

The entire gathering corroborated Hanuman's version and much mollified his distressed mother. She spoke to him affectionately: "Dear son I never knew all this but now that I do it is comforting that my milk has indeed borne abundant fruit."

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The repeated glorification of her own milk by Anjana was not relished by Lakshmana, who thought it an exaggeration. Sensing this, she addressed him saying: "Lakshmana, you are wondering why this apparently feeble monkey-woman is harping on the efficacy and potency of her own milk? My milk is indeed extraordinary." Saying this Anjana squeezed her breast and the oozing milk shower shot to a nearby mountain cleaving it thunderously into two. Addressing Lakshmana again she elaborated: "Hanuman has been brought up on the same milk, how could it ever go to waste?" (This story was narrated in the annual issue of the spiritual journal 'Kalyan,' published at Gita Press Gorakhpur. (Page 321)).




Why Idols of Hanuman are Red in Color

Every morning in Ayodhya, Hanuman Ji would observe Sita put a red mark on her forehead and smear the parting of her hair with vermilion powder, enacting a ritual which is the exclusive prerogative of married women in India.

Veer Hanuman
Veer Hanuman

Being naturally of a curious bent of mind he asked her the reason behind this daily ritual. "For the well-being of my husband," replied she. Hanuman, ever the humble well-wisher of his chosen lord wondered: "If a virtuous woman like Sita has to apply vermilion in this manner for the good of Lord Rama, I, a mere monkey, need to do more." Thus thinking, he took a bowlful of the paste and smeared his whole body with it. Needless to say, both Rama and Sita were moved by the purity of Hanuman's heart. Since then, idols of Hanuman are colored a rich vermilion red.




Why Hanuman is Shown Tearing Open his Own Chest

Once Sita gave Hanuman a necklace of pearls. After a while, the residents of Ayodhya observed him breaking the necklace and inspecting each pearl minutely. Intrigued they asked him the reason. "I am looking for Rama and Sita," replied Hanuman. Laughing at his apparent naivety the spectators pointed out to him that the royal couple was at the moment seated on the imperial throne. "But Rama and Sita are everywhere, including my heart" wondered aloud the true bhakta.

Hanuman Ji Tearing His Chest to Reveal Rama and Sita
Hanuman Ji Tearing His Chest to Reveal Rama and Sita


Not understanding the depth of his devotion, they further teased him: "So Rama and Sita live in your heart, can you show them to us?" Unhesitatingly, Hanuman stood up and with his sharp talons tore open his chest. There, within his throbbing heart, the astonished audience were taken aback to find enshrined an image of Rama and Sita. Never again did anyone make fun of Hanuman's devotion.



The Five-Headed (Panchamukhi) Hanuman - An Intriguing Image

TheVaishnavas believe that the wind-god Vayu underwent three incarnations to help Lord Vishnu. As Hanuman he helped Rama; as Bheema he assisted Krishna; and as Madhvacharya (1197-76), he founded the Vaishnava sect.

The Vaishnavas evolved a composite form of Hanuman with five heads and ten arms, incorporating in the composite image five important Vaishnavite deities:

At the centre a monkey's face (Hanuman).

A lion's visage representing Narasimha gazing southwards.

An eagle's head symbolizing Garuda facing west. A boar head of Varaha (north). A horse's face for Hayagriva (facing the sky).

Panchamukhi Hanuman
Panchamukhi Hanuman


Each head signifies a particular trait. Hanuman courage and strength, Narasimha fearlessness, Garuda magical skills and the power to cure snake bites, Varaha health and exorcism and Hayagriva victory over enemies.




It is interesting to note that in his youth Madhavacharya distinguished himself in physical exercises and field games and is said to have had a wonderful physique. Truly, physical prowess is an integral aspect of the cult of Hanuman and he is the patron deity of wrestlers and body-builders. He is most popularly referred to as 'Vajra-Anga-Bali,' meaning the Powerful One (bali) with a body (anga) hard as a thunderbolt (vajra).

The Spiritual Significance of Hanuman

The goal of all mystical yearning is union of the individual soul with the universal soul. In the Adhyatma ('spiritual') Ramayana, Sita represents the individual (jiva-atma), which has separated from the universal (param-atma) symbolized by Rama. In a beautiful interpretation, Hanuman here is said to personify bhakti, which annihilates the 'ahankara' or ego (Ravana), and re-unites the two.

The Enduring Relevance of Hanuman

Hanuman Ji is no ordinary monkey. While embarking on the search for Sita, the monkeys were confronted by the vast ocean lying between them and Lanka. They wondered how they would make their way across this mighty obstacle. Someone suggested that Hanuman jump and cross over the sea. But Hanuman was doubtful, "I cannot do that," he said. At that moment, one of his companions reminded Hanuman of the awesome powers lying dormant within him. Instantly Hanuman regained memory of his divine strength and he successfully leaped across the ocean. Thus our mind too needs to be reminded of its divine potential and of the fact that it can achieve phenomenal heights provided it believes in its ability to perform the task in question. Truly Hanuman is symbolic of the perfect mind, and embodies the highest potential it can achieve.

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  • I was just looking for more stories about Hanuman. These are beautiful :).
    by Midge on 31st Jan 2021
  • Thank you for these beautiful stories. My grandson loves to listen to stories of Hanumanji. These actually will help me tell him stories of Hanumanji.
    by Jeeja on 15th Jan 2021
  • Interesting article on Lord Hanuman. There are many more stories that are related to him which are mentioned in other granthas like Hanuman Purana. I have been learning interesting stories about Hanuman from https://hanumanchalisa.us Please follow and share to share love and faith towards Lord Hanuman
    by Anup on 3rd Jan 2021
  • Wow, great explanation of this cultural icon. Although, in fact, I was in a search for details about how Hanuman's devotion/adoration occurrs in India. I've know a child may sing a song to Hanuman for some purpose, but I've found not much detail - although I know that every single person in India knows about it, how to sing in front of a darbar.
    by Lincoln Costa on 6th Dec 2018
  • Thank you for this beautiful and indepth article. Jai Hanuman!
    by Nirmala on 28th Aug 2017
  • I like your bhajan and aarti
    by Sanjay Kumar on 17th Feb 2015
  • very great story, Pawan putra HANUMAN, THE REMOVER OF SUFFERINGS!
    by dharma on 22nd Apr 2014
  • very educational on the mystery of hanuman
    by shafira on 1st Aug 2011
  • absolutely beautifully written piece...its so well written that it answers so many question one has ...also few things i had no idea about ....thank you for doing such a commendable job...jai shree raam
    by surabhi dave oza on 16th Nov 2010
  • It is the greatest piece of work I have read thus far, most inspiring!
    by Praveen Ramharakh on 20th Oct 2010
  • Hanuman is de 11de incarnatie van Lord Shiva - zijnde de Heilige Geest van de Hindu-Drieeenheid. Zijn 'handelsmerk' is een oorverdovende schreeuw aan het adres van de te bestrijden demon.
    by Kumara on 7th Sep 2010
  • This is beautiful version of Hanuman ji's life. I was not aware of few facts which are reflected here. Many thanks to author and whoever gave efforts for this venture.

    Jai shree Raam
    by samta on 25th Mar 2010
  • Very graphic discription interesting to the younger generation.
    by Tamarapu Sampath Kumaran on 6th Nov 2009
  • i would love to hear a much elaborate story on how Hanuman Ji was a reincarnation of Lord Shiva.
    by Pradeep on 24th Sep 2009
  • jai Sri Hanuman
    long life to monkeys
    thank you for spreading this beautiful article to the world
    by Fabrizio on 25th Aug 2009
  • Good Article
    by Jain on 6th May 2009
  • This article is a very informative and engrossing piece of information which has brought to light many unknown tales of Lord Hanuman. Kudos to the author for his research in making this page.
    by Pavan Rao on 20th Apr 2009
  • I would like to appreciate your entire team for providing such beautiful tales of Lord Hanuman on the internet.

    All the tales were of well informative and interesting. Keep up the Good Work.

    We look forward for more tales of Lord Hanuman from you.
    by Vijay on 3rd Apr 2009
  • Very Informative article.As for the question whether he is still alive or not,i can only say one hting.He declared in treta yuga that wherever somebody prays Rama with full devotion,he will come to that place.So,it is heard that he comes to Sankatmochan,Varanasi every tuesday.
    by Nidhi on 24th Feb 2009
  • Hanuman is one of the shirangivi meaning immortals and there is no death for him for example Hanuman was there in with Ram and also on Krshna's chariot in the Kurushestra war 2.5 thousand years apart hope this answers ur question
    by Jayakumar Nethaji Appu on 29th Jan 2009
  • jai hanuman je ke

    bhu acha lga
    by ankush on 21st Oct 2008
  • Awesome artical...Very descriptive and the tales are really enchanting. I never knew this much about Hanuman ji that I have come to know after reading this article.
    by Divya on 24th Sep 2008
  • It was a pleasure reading this article. Very well composed. Thank you..One answer that I am looking for 'IS hanuman still alive???
    by Rashmi on 10th Sep 2008
  • What an excellent article.........very well explained...marvellous........But all I can learn here is the achievement of a monkey. Show we as human should able to achieve more with our true devotion. Thanks again for this enlightment and reminder who we really are in this life time.
    by RAj Persad on 3rd Sep 2008
  • If the Cambodian Monkey King is not a monster, then may be it is true.
    Hanuman that I know has travelled the qwhole world and spread the happiness of Ram Naam chanting and may be it included Cambidia.
    by HanumaDas on 19th Mar 2008
  • There is no such incident in the Original Valmiki's text, wherein, Hanuman is punished for his AHAKAR and we need not worry about what the book you are currently reading has to say.
    by HanumaDas on 19th Mar 2008
  • i saw in you that hanuman has reborned is it true or not
    by Kevin Sookree on 6th Jan 2008
  • Wonderful collection - I would add that Lord turns Himself in to One's slave should that one follow Dharma. In this case, Shiva turned Himself into a Monkey to help Rama who stood for dharma and who is also a devotee.
    by shivmallik on 31st Dec 2007
  • After reading this article, I came to know lot more about Lord Hanuman than what I used to know. Thank you and May God Bless you.
    by Kamini Patel on 12th Dec 2007
  • Inspiring article. God bless u.
    by Kishore on 30th Oct 2007
    by arjun on 3rd Sep 2007
  • I stumbled across this article by chance but I am glad I did. It is a very interesting and informative article. Thank You and may Lord Hanuman bless all.
    by Anurita Dubey on 8th Aug 2007
  • Thank you very much for this enlightening article.

    I came to know about many stories as well as spiritual aspect of jivatma meeting parmatma through bhakti.
    - Thanks.
    by Uma on 5th Aug 2007
  • It is a very descriptive and enlightening article about Sri. Hanuman. May Sri. Hanuman bless you and all devotees of him for presenting such a beautiful article
    by Nagesh Anandan on 18th Jun 2007
  • A marvelous story that speaks to the heart!
    by Shraddhananda on 15th Jun 2007


    by RAMAN LAL RANIGA on 1st Jun 2007
  • An excellent spiritually inspiring excerpt - thank you indeed for this beautiful piece
    by Sorabh Sharma on 23rd Jan 2007
  • That was a nice piece of eye-opener abt Hanuman.
    Thank u a lot.
    by Shyamini on 9th Jan 2007
  • Many Praise to Lord Hanuman!!!

    I was much enlightened by this article!

    Cino Shearer
    South Africa
    by Cino on 19th Oct 2006
  • I was very pleased reading this article !
    by devotee of hanuman on 6th Aug 2006
  • What a marvelous tale of devotion and selfless service and the fruit produced. Thank you so much and now I know much more of the reasons Baba Hari Das has so much Hanuman art in his Ashram. Fabulous!!!
    by Tom Shinault on 1st Aug 2006
  • Glory and Praise to Sri Hanuman and to the writer of this article. Keep spreading the word about our Beloved Monkey.

    May all who hear or read about him be blessed with his Love and embody all the qualities he possesses.

    Jaya Sita Ram, Jaya Hanuman.

    Hanuman Das
    by Hanuman Das on 5th Jun 2006
  • Hanuman is my favourite monkey god
    by Tejas on 4th Jun 2006
  • I pray Hanuman to bless the person who wrote this article.
    by Sai P on 28th May 2006
  • Thank you very much for this article. I took much pleasure in reading it and would indeed like to know more and more about Hanuman. Hanuman appears to be the perfect Manager of Modern Times WHO handles crises with such an ABILITY that we are not even worth or competent to think of assessing.

    I have come across other articles where arriving at the doorsteps of Lanka, Hanuman-ji is stopped by Lankini who utters that her role is to stop robbers from entering Lanka and eat them. What a wonderful reply Hanuman-ji gives to Lankini by stating that Ravan is the greatest robber and yet she did nothing similar. HE confuses the mind of Lankini and she accepts that the purpose of she being there is in fact questionable.

    This incident also teaches us wonderful lessons in all aspects of life and from the managerial point of view it shows that the objectives must always be clear in our mind so that we do not get distracted and thereby reach our set targets. Hanuman-ji also teaches us perseverance, will power to surmount obstacles . I believe that one’s life is too short to acquire even a few lessons out of the immense knowledge Hanuman-ji has gifted mankind. My father is an 81 year old man and has been teaching Hindi in primary school for more than 30 years. I was discussing the issue with him lately and we asked ourselves whether TULSIDAS – J I is not the greatest GENIUS humanity has known.

    I recently came across another book which I am reading presently . I am expressing some doubts about things I read whereby Hanuman-ji is punished for his pride(AHANKAR) by RAM , when the LORD requests (VINTI) Hanuman-ji to bring sanjivani. It is mentioned that Hanuman-ji stated that “Prabhu ji I will do it”, and this shows some signs of ahankar . It is stated that Hanumanji is punished for this pride by being hit by the arrow of Bharat immediately after crossing Ayodhya during his journey towards Himalaya in quest for the sanjivani. Could you enlighten me further please?
    by I.Mungroo on 25th May 2006
  • Thankyou for an amazing article, I've learnt many new & interesting details on Hanumanji's life. The first time I saw Hanumanji in this life, I felt a profound re-awakening in my heart, He is teaching me daily how to overcome seeming obstacles & limitations, & what unconditional love and devotion really means. And most importantly, He is teaching me how to place & reveal my own Guru inside my aching heart & how to see my beloved Guru as my Rama, my all. Thankyou:)
    by Sean Abbott on 24th May 2006
  • I'm short of words to praise about my hanuman and the devotee of hanuman who presented this article.

    'Manojavam marutha thulya vegam
    Jithendriyam buddhi mathavarishtam
    vathathmajam vanarayudha mukhyam
    sreeramadhutam saranam prapadhye'
    by Ramakrishna on 9th May 2006
  • Is he in anyway related to the Cambodian "monkey king". They have similar names. Hanumon and Hotlamon (I'm spelling it the way it is pronounced). Hot (as in heat) La - Mon (as in monster)
    by Sanath on 24th Mar 2006
  • An excellent article, indeed clearly explained about knowledge and devotion of Hanuman
    Thank you very much
    by V.P.Thinagaran on 10th Feb 2006
  • What an excellent article.........very well explained...marvellous........
    by vishal adwant on 29th Jan 2006
  • What are the symbols of Hanuman? I need 5 symbols..
    by Muschie on 12th Jan 2006
  • It's a very inspirational article!!
    it's very beatifuly written and explained
    by Monika on 5th Jan 2006
  • One of best and most intruging I have ever read, very inspiring.
    by Sathyanarayana on 25th Nov 2005
  • This was an excellent article. I had been searching for a linkage between Shiva and Hanuman, and some people have told me that Hanuman is another form of Shiva, but now, I realise how this all took place. Reaaly enjoyed myself. Keep up the good work.
    by Harikrishnan on 15th Nov 2005
  • Thank you for this article about interesting moral of Hanumans journey. I would like to suggest about the role of Hanuman in 'Journey to the west'(as he was ordered to brought the Manuscript by Buddha).
    by Pugalenthi on 30th Oct 2005
  • The Hanuman article really describes the beauty and importance of Hanuman to both Hindi and english speaking people. The are a lot of Hindus such as myself who prey to Hanuman in Hindi but do not know the true meaning of every word. This article is simplified and satisfies all speaking people. More articles such as these should be made to all of us. Sydney Australia.
    by vinesh chandra on 17th Jul 2005
  • Thank you for this article about highlights of Hanuman. It was a pleasure reading about Anjaneya. Clarifications of Hunuman's power and meaning of his characters were excellent.
    by Srikanth Duddilla on 25th Feb 2005
  • The article is a perfect introduction to lord hanuman and not only that it will make every reader to revere and pray lord hanauman more intensely and vigourously.
    by Mahesh Dheer on 1st Dec 2004
  • It is so pleasing to read the entire article. Elegantly composed. Keep up the work. Lord Rama himself will bless you.
    by Muni Sal on 17th Sep 2004
  • Hi,I have question on Hindul flages, can please tell me there colors flags, I see in fron or hindu, have same to do with there gods and goddes. Thankyou.
    by Hollis on 12th Sep 2004
  • Thank you for the article about Hanuman. I really enjoy everything you send me! including the advertisements...very sweet! I have studied Hindu mythology and philosophy, the scriptures and Vedas, especially the life and teachings of Ramana Maharshi, (whom I consider to be my "guru"), and have chanted with the "Hare Krishnas" (several times:quite fun!) - and specifically Tibetan Buddhism for 35 years (tantra) and consider it a treat to come to my computer and get to read such fun and interesting pieces! Right up my "alley"! Thanks again,
    by Susan Simplot on 19th Aug 2004
  • Congratulations on a delightful article of the month August 2004 "The Mystery of Hanuman - Inspiring Tales from Art and Mythology".

    I enjoyed reading it along with the beautiful illustrations.
    by Azeem Farooki on 18th Aug 2004
  • Thank you so much for this very enlightening information!
    by Virginia Williamson on 17th Aug 2004
  • That was a lovely well written and researched article about the family favorite here, Hanuman. And how nice it came out on the month of my birth, August. I still wish I had bought that Red Hanuman you guys had a while back. I quite liked the posing of the Hanuman in the article of him standing on Ravana's wife's head and the symbolism of it as well, being a neophyte vedic astrologer myself.

    In Thai legends when Hanuman is jumping over the ocean somehow he gets off on a detour to marry a mermaid. They have children he goes back and continues on his journey. So much for Hanuman the Brahmachari in Thai myth. he sort of turns into Percival , by having one fling before continuing of the quest for the Holy Grail. I think if you look up "Hanuman + Thai" or "Hanuman + mermaid" the paintings from Thailand depicting this show up. It sort of makes me wonder how else the legends of teh same beings differ between the cultures.There are a lot of depictions in Thai culture too of Hanuman trying to swallow the Sun, although it usually just says Hanuman swallowing a ball for a caption.
    by Denise Notley on 17th Aug 2004
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